Couple killed as bridge collapses near Ancona

A husband and wife were killed when a bridge collapsed on the A14 motorway near the eastern Italian coastal city of Ancona on Thursday.

Three highways construction workers were injured when the bridge collapsed on the A14 highway.

The victims were named as Emidio Diomedi, 60, and his wife Antonella Viviani, 54, from Spinetoli near Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region.

The highway was closed to traffic in both directions after the collapse.

Italy's transport minister Graziano Delrio was due to appoint a team of inspectors to report on the incident.

The bridge was a temporary structure to support an overpass that had been closed to traffic, Highway company Autostrade per l'Italia said.

The collapse took place during work to broaden the A14 to three lanes between its South Ancona and Loreto exits.